Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. This past week saw the NBA and NHL finals come to an end, so we’ve now entered that dreaded summer sports lull between when the NHL/NBA season ends and when football season gets underway. We still have plenty to talk about this week though so sit back and enjoy. And once you’ve woken enough to process your own thoughts, feel free to come back and tell me about how I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
Man Vs. Beast
Finally, the race we’ve all been waiting for. Discovery just recently announced it’s lineup for Shark Week which kicks off Sunday, July 23rd. One of the more intriguing items on that schedule is “Phelps Vs. Shark: Great Gold Vs. Great White”. The description provided is rather vague, calling it a “monumental” event that has never been attempted before. All we’re really told is that Michael Phelps will be taking on one of the ocean’s greatest predators, and Discovery declares that “the race is on.”
I’m really not sure what this means, but I can almost guarantee that there’s no chance in hell Phelps races a shark head to head in open water. My guess is that they’ll be swimming side by side with some sort of cage or barrier in between them. I’m just hoping this isn’t one of those hypothetical shows where they break down the science behind Phelps’s swimming and a shark’s swimming with the whole show culminating in a simulated race between the two. No word yet on whether or not Phelps’ medals will be up for grabs in the race, but that would be pretty embarrassing (or awesome?) if a shark becomes our country’s most decorated Olympian of all time. As interesting as this sounds, I can’t wait for next year when they have Ryan Lochte get drunk and try to fist fight a shark. I might be #teamshark on that one.
Just Shut Up Already
Lebron James refuses to let the “Super Team” talk die. It all started this week when asked by a reporter if, after playing on two super teams himself and facing the Warriors’ super team in the finals, he still felt that the concept was good for the NBA. Lebron looked back the reporter, perplexed, and then replied that he had never been a part of a super team. Ummmm…sure. Draymond Green stoked the fire a little by coming back at Lebron, saying that he started the whole super team concept. Unable (or unwilling) to take an L on this one, Lebron once again felt it necessary to step up and defend himself, alluding to the ’03 Lakers and ’96 Rockets “super teams”.
Listen, I could care less who started the whole “super team” concept. As someone who doesn’t really follow the NBA, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I think for Lebron to claim to have never played for a “super team” is a bit ridiculous. He had the Big 3 in Miami with Bosh and Wade, and now he has a Big 3 in Cleveland with Love and Irving. Apparently in his eyes it takes at least 4 super stars to make a super team? Please, just shut up. This is one of the things that makes Lebron so insufferable. His ego won’t let him let things like this die. It just comes off as petty and hypocritical. I did love him trying to spin it as him being in Draymond’s head though.
Plus the problem that everyone has with super teams is that players get together and manufacture these great teams by agreeing to sign together somewhere and it throws off the competitive balance of the league. If you look at the starting 5 of the Cavs and Warriors, they both had the same number of “home grown” players (3). And technically you could argue that Cleveland was more of the “super team” since Lebron, while drafted by Cleveland, actually came back to the Cavs via free agency. Personally I just can’t wait until Lebron heads out to LA to form his 3rd “not super” team.
A Slap on the Wrist
The NCAA came down hard on poor Rick Pitino for the prostitute sex recruiting parties that went on at Louisville for years that he knew absolutely nothing about. The school itself was put on probation for 4 years and is having all wins vacated from the time period that the infractions occurred, but Pitino himself is getting away with a slap on the wrist. The NCAA is suspending Pitino for the first 5 games of ACC play next season, which is almost laughable given the allegations. And yet, Pitino is trying to fight it, claiming the suspension to be “unjust”. I mean it’s not like he did something extremely heinous like neglecting to forward an email about players trading memorabilia for tattoos… Give me a break. Let this be a lesson to any coaches out there that may be in hot water with the NCAA: just lie and say you “didn’t know” and you’ll get off relatively unscathed.
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